U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, comes to the City of Garland on Friday, April 18 at 10 a.m. for a special news conference concerning the ongoing IH-635 East project, a key priority for the DFW Metroplex and the State of Texas.
The Interstate 635 East project in Dallas County, from United States Highway 75 to IH-30, is one of the most critical projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth Region. Few projects will have a greater impact on the mobility of citizens and the movement of goods.
The IH-635 East Project (US 75 to IH-30) will be a complete reconstruction of the existing facilities with noted enhancements to the corridor including:
• Continuous frontage roads from US 75 to IH-30 • Enhanced access with strategically placed entrance and exit ramps • Aesthetic enhancements to the corridor • Continuous 2+2 managed lanes from US 75 to IH-30 • Reconstruction and reconfiguration of the main lanes • Sound Walls
IH-635 East opened to the public in 1970, after the authorization from the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 created the Interstate Highway System. When originally constructed, the facility had limited access, including minimal frontage roads and short entrance and exit ramps.
Since the right of way on IH-635 was purchased using federal funds, the Federal Government has both the land rights and access rights to the facility. The impact for the City of Garland (and the IH-635 East Corridor) is that the City must be strategic in its planning for access to and from the facility and be cognizant of the administrative process by which new access points can be given.
The City of Garland is playing an essential role in the development of this corridor by creating a sharp focus with a coalition of stakeholders representing Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite along with the respective county, state, and federal officials.
The news conference will be held at 1122 W. Centerville Rd. in Garland.